The Senate’s Sly Plan to Begin Drilling in Arctic Refuge

The latest battle over public lands has erupted not in the arid West but farther north, in arctic Alaska. Late last week, the Republican-held Senate passed a budget resolution that could open 1.5 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for future energy development, much to the protest of Senate Democrats and conservationists. The new resolution called for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, to raise $1 billion over the next decade and created means for bills that seek to offset proposed tax cuts—like drilling in the ANWR—to pass without the Senate’s standard 60-vote threshold, essentially cutting out Democrats from future votes on energy and natural resources.

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